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UPDATE: Police confirm man arrested at Concord gun rally was restrained with Taser

  • Daniel Musso, of Brentwood, is apprehended by law enforcement officers during a gun control rally supported by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Daniel Musso, of Brentwood, is apprehended by law enforcement officers during a gun control rally supported by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Gun regulation advocate John Cantin speaks to the crowd at a gun control rally organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Gun regulation advocate John Cantin speaks to the crowd at a gun control rally organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Daniel Musso, of Brentwood, is apprehended by law enforcement officers during a gun control rally supported by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Gun regulation advocate John Cantin speaks to the crowd at a gun control rally organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

The man arrested at yesterday’s gun control rally outside the State House was hit with a Taser, the Concord police confirmed this morning.

Daniel Musso, 52, a gun-rights advocate who had been protesting against the rally, was restrained by officers after touching one of them on the shoulders and apparently resisting arrest, according to video footage, photographs and witness accounts of the incident.

Sgt. Marc McGonagle of the Concord Police Department said he was not present during the arrest and had no details about the sequence of events. Musso was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and two counts of simple assault.

Musso’s arraignment, scheduled for 11 a.m. this morning in Concord District Court, was cancelled because he posted his $5,000 cash bail, sometime before 7 a.m., according to McGonagle.

A man who answered Musso’s apparent home phone this morning would not identify himself or comment on the events.

No blood alcohol test was performed on Musso, and alcohol did not appear to be involved in the incident, McGonagle said.

Minutes before the arrest, Musso had approached a speaker at the gun control rally, which was sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group co-founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and interrupted him as he discussed the death of his daughter in Manchester nearly four years ago.

McGonagle said about eight officers were involved in the in the incident, though not all of those had necessarily been on scene at the demonstrations. Several officers helped restrain Musso. The police had not been present at the beginning of the rally, but arrived about an hour into it after receiving a call from an attendee about signs being tampered with or taken, according to McGonagle.

Not every officer on the Concord force carries a Taser, McGonagle said, but they are used periodically to restrain suspects who are resisting arrest.

“When the situation calls for it, it’s a tool to use do to get the situation under control,” he said.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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